JACKSONVILLE, Florida (FloridaToday.news) — Two men were rescued by the crew of US Coast Guard Air Station Savannah Sunday after their boat capsized off the coast of Georgia the night before.
According to the US Coast Guardthe men were on a 16-foot boat that capsized four miles east of Jekyll Island on Saturday.
Coast Guard watchers in Charleston said they received a distress message via a 911 dispatch that two men returned late to Jekyll Harbor from the Christmas Creek marina on Saturday evening, and both their phones went straight to voicemail.
The man jumped off a Carnival Cruise ship bound for Florida, authorities said.
The arriving crew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter observed both men waving their arms, one in the water and the other on the capsized boat.
“Our crew was able to conduct the rescue operation safely and efficiently with the best possible results,” Savannah AFB communications officer Lt. Tucker Williams said in a statement. “The southeast is prone to severe storms that are unpredictable and can capsize small boats. We recommend that all sailors carry radios, flares and other distress signals in case they encounter an unexpected situation.”
The crew picked up the men and took them to Jekyll Island Airport, where medical personnel were waiting for them.
No medical problems were reported.